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Zeke Reynolds, a kindergarten student at Bowbells Public School, was named October student of the month for the elementary.

The character pillar of respect was the focus for this month.
Zeke commented, “Respect means being kind to everyone.”

Zeke stated his mom, dad, and Nick Saban are role models in his life who demonstrate respect.

Zeke is the son of Brittany and Jason Reynolds.

Zeke feels it is important to come to school so he can learn to be a mad scientist. He enjoys library the most at school.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing problem solving digital games.

Kyle Greig, son of Jodi Greig and Mike Greig, was chosen from the high school.

Kyle is involved in football, basketball and speech. His hobbies are playing football, basketball, hunting and working.

Kyle stated, “Education is important to me because without it I could not go to the next chapter of my life.”

When asked what respect means to him, Kyle commented, “Respect is when people are not making a fool out of themselves and others.”

Kyle’s role models who demonstrate respect are both, Grandpa Rick and Grandma Avery. They were the two strongest people on earth, according to Kyle.

Kyle is a senior at Bowbells High School.


Disa Koppelsloen, junior at Burke Central School, is the October Student of the month.

She is in volleyball, basketball, student council, band, choir, pep club and honor roll.


Kinzi Grubb, Powers Lake, was honored Thursday, Nov. 12 as the Region 8 Senior Athlete.
Grubb is the defensive specialist (libero) for the Ranchers and went over 1000 digs for her career early this season.
Grubb has been named to the All District 16 team the past two seasons.

Jody Olney, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Bismarck has achieved the professional designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM (CRPC®) through The College of Financial Planning.

Olney successfully completed the rigorous retirement planning course work that focuses on the pre- and post- retirement needs of clients. The program addresses such topics as investing, estate planning, investment planning, income tax planning, and protection planning.

As a financial advisor, Olney provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients.

The success, dedication and hard work of outstanding agriculturists in 53 counties in North Dakota and several counties in Minnesota were honored during the 42nd annual Harvest Bowl program at North Dakota State University on Nov. 6.

Honored from Burke County were Kurt and Dawn Koppelsloen. The Koppelsloen farm near Columbus. They use single-pass farming methods to grow spring wheat, canola, green peas, flax and soybeans.

Kurt serves on the Burke County Farm Service Agency Committee, Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative Board and church council, and is a township supervisor. He also is a former 4-H club leader.

Dawn serves on the Northern Prairie Wellness Center Board and teaches Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church.

They have three children.

Outdoor Tales


WOW has the weather been amazing this fall. Normally, I am going through my ice gear and the boat is just a past memory of the open water season, but not this year. This year has been just amazing weather to be outdoors.

By the title I am sure you are wondering what is going on now. Well a couple weeks ago was a winding road of outdoor emotion. There was no wrong answer and the outcome was nothing less than success.

The weather was amazing, in the mid to high 50s. Around Nov. 10 in North Dakota is just flat out amazing.

Braden and I had to return my walleye boat to the lake after getting some work done on it before putting it away for the winter.

The shop had already winterized the boat for me and I was planning to just put it in the garage for its long rest, have a nice fire and enjoy the weekend at the cabin.

This was until the weather was 58 degrees.
We got to the lake and built a fire. (The boy loves fires as you know.) We watched our fire for a bit and I was thinking we really should go fishing and take advantage of this. Instead, we cut and split piles of wood to get prepared for next year’s fires. We also cleaned the gutters to ensure the snow melt will get off the roof with no problems in the spring.

When the jobs were complete we sat back with a cold drink and I thought we really should go fishing.

Well, the boat is winterized, I don’t have gas in it, I don’t have bait and there is only three hours of daylight left. (This is the excuse part of the story.)
We ended up just playing in the yard and watching the fire for the rest of the day.

I felt bad all night for not going fishing in such nice weather while at the lake. I even dreamed about it and felt guilty for all the excuses I made to myself as to why we didn’t go fishing. We did have a lovely time in front of the fire too.

When I got up the next morning I knew it was supposed to be more of the same weather and when I walked into the living room I was greeted with, “Hi, Daddy, can we go fishing today? I want to eat fish.” Well then, YEP we are going fishing.

I packed up a cooler, rods and reels. I hooked up the boat and got everything ready to go to town for gas and bait. Of course, I had to get engine treatments and other things ready to re-winterize the boat when we were done at the end of the day.

Let me tell you, it was totally worth it.
A day in November with no wind and bright warm sun shining.

Best of all I was in the boat with the kid and he was excited to be there.
We proceeded to catch almost a limit of walleyes and a couple pike to make up a few meals and just enjoyed the day.

We took advantage of the wonderful weather that was presented to us and had some success.
All you can ask for in bonus fishing on a wonderful day in November.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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